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A Greener Energy Industry Is Testing Investors’ Ability to Adapt

Experts from around the world give their best ideas for capitalizing on the changing landscape.

Wind turbines stand in this aerial photograph taken above Ontario, Canada.
Photographer: James MacDonald/Bloomberg

No one disputes that change is coming to the energy sector. A decade ago, integrated oil and gas companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. seemed like solid investments. They made up the biggest sub-index in the S&P 500, accounting for 7.8% . And yet, by this July, that same group had dropped to 11th place, with a 2.4% weighting. Over the past five years, the index featuring the once-mighty oil and gas majors has underperformed the S&P Global Clean Energy Index, composed of solar, wind, and other renewable energy stocks. How can investors position themselves for the future? Bloomberg News energy reporters around the world solicited opinions and insights from experts with an array of backgrounds. The responses are diverse, but one common theme emerges: Change means opportunity.

Toby Loftin
Managing Principal, BP Capital Fund Advisors